Meet the Artists
Scott Checkalski - Acrylic paint
My soul purpose on Earth is to not just create artwork. I am a hobbyist, an athlete, homeowner, son, brother, uncle, someone's significant other, dog lover and owner, a cancer survivor, classic car enthusiast, art collector, golfer, dreamer, armature carpenter, and a do-it-yourselfer, an underappreciated big box retail manager, and hopefully one day I can call myself a husband and a father.
Out of all the things that describe me I would like to think I am an artist most. I enjoy the simple things in life and I apply them to my art. Simple shapes, objects, and subject matter that is easy on the eyes. The bright, bold acrylic colors, used to complement each other on canvas. Brushstrokes controlled by hand movements in an almost obsessive/compulsive way. I also create the complicated from an imagination and dreams deep within my mind, which is open to a wide variety of reactions.
Sara Owen - Pit Fired Ceramics
Bio: Sara graduated from Ripon College in 1998 with a BA in Fine Arts and a Minor in Art History. She also attended the Masters of Arts program at UW Wisconsin Superior and went on to complete their two-year Nonprofit Business Administration Certificate Program. She has taught a variety of art classes for adults and children as well as many years working with nonprofit organizations. She has organized and participated in numerous gallery shows and also enjoys theatre, writing and playing the alto saxophone. Sara has lived in Cornucopia, Superior and Washburn and spent the past 15 years in La Pointe on Madeline Island.
Inspiration: “I draw inspiration from my natural environment and enjoy translating challenging ideas into physical objects. I like allowing the properties of the media(s) that I’m working with to participate in the design process as a concept evolves into reality. I enjoy clay, printmaking, mixing metals and textures, using the color of glass enamels and incorporating elements from nature in to my work.”
Beach-pit-fired ceramic sculpture: This method incorporates steam/water, fire/smoke, oxygen (or lack thereof) and fate to determine the surface color and pattern. A pit is dug on the beach down to the wet sand/waterline. The fire is built up, the ceramic work placed in the pit and then topped with sand and metal to form a kiln.
Pit-fired ceramics: Very generally defined as any ceramic work fired in a pit in the ground that is fueled with wood, dung or a combination of combustibles.
Burnishing: The process of polishing/compressing the porous surface of an object (i.e. clay) in to a semi or high gloss finish.
Enameling: The process of applying powdered glass to a metal surface and heating until the glass melts and hardens as it cools.
Cloisonné: The process of including fine silver wire within the design when enameling.
Joan Hendershot - Earth Art Pottery
Craft pottery is a work of art, both decorative and utilitarian. While clay and glaze are basic substances literally from the earth the potter transforms them into something elevated and elegant.
Joan Hendershot's pottery pieces are intended to be loved by someone else, but they are made deliberately, slowly, and with some strongly preconceived notions of what she finds to be joyous. Her art explores every day objects that weave their beautiful way into our daily lives through use. Every pot made is considered as an individual that belongs to a large family. This uniqueness reminds us that it is handmade and not part of our mass produced world. Joan's pottery can decorate your living spaces with character and elegance. Teapots celebrate a quiet moment drinking tea; a pitcher decorates a mantel when not in use; a mug with slight texture inside the handle allows your fingers to discover uniqueness. Her pottery is a reflection of our lives, supporting our personal experiences of nourishment, contemplation, and celebration.
DPhoto Originals - Deb Carroll
I see the world in photographs. Photography is included in, or inspires all of the gifts and items that I create. Although my fascination with photography grew along side my lifelong interest in science and the outdoor world, I enjoy many types of camera work. Capturing the moment during special events, family gatherings, and wildlife sightings are all just as engrossing for me. The challenge of combining the perfect lighting with that just-right composition keeps every session with my camera fresh.
Superior Candles - Nancy Senn
These are hand crafted scented delights blended and poured here in Superior, Wisconsin. These creations by Nancy Senn feature a unique soy/paraffin blend with a crackling wood wick evoking fireside memories. Each candle is triple scented, with extra u.v. protection and as an added bonus, there is a melting tart poured in each of the lids to complete the candle making them truly SUPERIOR..
As Nancy and her family blend the aroma and color of these creations they name each batch based on flavor, hue.... and a little bit of fanciful whimsy as well.
Kat provides a unique vision of Steampunk/bohemian style "wearable art" as well as wall or window wire sculptures. All these mixed metal, hand-wrapped and hand crafted works are one of a kind, and her jewelry designs in particular are invariably enhanced with a brief descriptive story of the design as it develops both through her vision and as a completed creation.
Karen Zeisler - Textile Artist
Each piece of Karen Zeisler's work is a unique style of wearable art, so that every bracelet cuff, shawl, wrap, or scarf will possess it's own vision.
Karen creates garments to adorn the wearer. These Textiles take on qualities of both silk and wool, plus an ethereal third dimension in synergy from the mix. They are supple and luminous, cobwebby yet durable, and beautifully whimsical.
This process takes the ancient art form of feltmaking and blends it with a modern aesthetic to create art and textiles that transcend time through design, interpretation, inspiration, and the ability to "paint" with fiber.
Gretchen Lisdahl – Stained Glass Artist
Gretchen's work combines elements of glass, metal, and mixed media - into wall sculptures. Each person is encouraged to respond to them and find their own associations or stories. Nature and landscape, the "accident" of found objects, time, balance, telling a story (that the viewer creates or participates in), are all woven into her work. Art glass: no other medium captures the dance of light and color so perfectly . As Gretchen says: “I have been working with glass since 2002, and feel fortunate to get to do what I love. My favorite technique is lampworking (bead making with a torch) although that seems to be the medium I work with the least these days.
Margee Senn - Folk Art
Creating unique artwork from repurposed materials, Margee Senn designs her work in a primitive, folkart, vintage, shabby chic style to produce objects that combine art with everyday function. By re-purposing salvaged wood with reclaimed materials her delightful creations add the dimension of character aquired over many years of exposure in a kind of "Decor-Art" that infuses every one of her pieces with a personal and unique touch. This farmhouse or cottage style is a very forgiving, warm, and friendly, and these particular selections don't just embrace imperfection, they celebrate them.
Kelley Johnson – Textile Artist
Kelley's professional work as a graphic artist allows her free rein to explore shape, color, and vibrancy... but it is her work with textiles that brings the vast array of tactile textures to the mix. Each warm woolly wonderful creation is like a comforting hug bringing stability and calm through something beautiful and timeless. Kelley's love of fiber art technique results in a process as satisfying as the final product combining the immediate and the ancient as she utilizes post-modern materials to create wearable art through centuries-old processes of knitting and crochet with her own unique splash of contemporary style
Department One - Mixed Media
The junction of personalities, proficiencies, styles, and experiences contributes to a diverse body of work that emerge from the Department One collective of artists collaborating here at Art On The Plaza. Resident and guest artists have joined efforts to catalyze creativity and inspiration through the demonstration of skills, technique, and vision in a variety of media, some familiar, and some delightfully out-of-the-box. This rotating collaboration of artists capitalizes on the intersection of art and enterprise by encouraging synergistic partnerships and developing innovative applications. Often a common work will be begun by one or more artists, and then furthered by others, each contributing portions to the final work. The experimental, Do-It-Yourself ethos of this group almost always produces work that is unusual, and thought provoking and Art On The Plaza is proud to host the kind of free-wheeling creativity that invariably emerges from the artists of Department One.
Mary McMahan - Acrylic Paint
What happens when paint, power, and passion all meet? Mary McMahan's wonderfully vibrant work reflects her unique vision. The feeling of spontaneity and dynamic flow permeates her artistic work. This is achieved largely through the creative technique of dripping and splashing paint directly onto the canvas, maybe even while freely dancing around it. Her work is playful, humorous, mind-puzzling, subliminally mystic and deeply provocative.
Concerned primarily with capturing the essence rather than the physical reality of her inspirations, Mary's interpretation of floral blooms are largely impressionistic with the occasional foray into “abstract impressionism”. Each piece is created by the evolving interaction between line, color and texture. This ensures that every piece is entirely original in creation and design.
Monica Ares - Oil Paint
A sort of postmodernist approach to magical realism is as good a way to describe Monica Ares deliciously rich work as any. Her vision incorporates self-reflexiveness, discontinuity, intertextuality, parody, the dissolution of character and narrative instance, the erasure of boundaries, and the destabilization of the viewer.
Her work does not seem to seek to primarily satisfy a popular audience, but instead, a sophisticated audience that must be attuned to noticing textual subtleties. Any appreciation of the work of artists who by means of an exact realistic technique try to make plausible and convincing their improbable, dreamlike or fantastic visions must certainly include a certain regard for these canvases
David Leszcynski - Oil on Canvas
The surrealist works of David Leszcynski feature the element of surprise, unexpected juxtapositions and non sequitur fully supporting the philosophy that ordinary and depictive expressions are vital and important, but that the sense of their arrangement must be open to the full range of imagination. This is exactly the territory where you will find his oil on canvas dreamscapes. In the words of the artist himself; "As a Surrealist I go where my unconscious leads me. I'm always working on a canvas. Sometimes I get so deeply involved in one aspect of a work that I am not really aware of the passage of time and I will emerge from my concentration surprised that so many hours have passed. I may have a very general idea when I begin a canvas... but the oil has a mind of it's own and I follow where the shapes lead me and it's the access I have to my subconscious that opens the way for my artistic creativity."
Patricia Lenz - Collage Artist,
Exhibitions Director - North End Arts Gallery
Board Chair - Superior Council for the Arts
I collect images from photographs I have taken: pre-photo shop, I enlarged and copied images, recombining them with images appropriated from colored print pages. There is always a narrative running through my head as I find images that relate to my intention. I do a lot of selection and discarding before I actually start the work. When I have it in my head, I work fast. The results, after combinations are put down, surprise me. Naturally, I see things emerge as the work is put down. When I do a final color print (Giclee on watercolor paper), I work back into it with pastels, paint, pencil, ink.
Besides my memories, my biggest influences are things I see and store as I travel. I am an avid museum goer—ancient and modern art. I do a lot of drawing for reference, often focusing on one piece or detail. I rarely refer specifically to the drawings and studies in my sketchbooks, but it’s all in the storehouse.
Jim and Marie's Goatel
Pamper yourself with handmilled soap from Marie Baumann, made with milk from her own faithful, family goats. Goat milk is particularly nourishing to the skin due to the naturally occuring capric-caprylitic triglycerides which are an effective moisturizer that contributes to skin softening rejuvenation by forming a barrier that inhibits moisture loss. Unlike mass-manufactured soap, hers is lovingly handmilled in small batches and made with all-natural ingredients.
These all-natural ingredients include goat milk, olive oil, coconut oil, goat tallow, palm oil, sweet almond oil, castor oil, sodium hydroxide, and fragrance or essential oils.
Kim Ball - Beach Glass Artist
The mystical appeal of Beach Glass has contributed to an enormous increase in its popularity. Each genuine Beach Glass piece is an original work of art, consisting of authentic Beach Glass, unique and one of a kind. That’s right, just like a snowflake, no two are alike. Each piece of Beach Glass is unaltered and presented without alteration or augmentation to the natural poliching and shaping action of the wind and waves and sand right here on the shores of Lake Superior.
Kim prides herself on her encyclopedic knowlege of Beach Glass typology and has a keen eye for the most rare and uncommon offerings brought to her attention by nature's currents.
Each piece of Kim's carefully handcrafted artisans work are more than beautiful... they are "Beachyfull"!
Robert and Cheryl Husby have been working collaboratively at their Duluth salt glaze pottery for over two decades. Their pots are wheel thrown and altered with hand building. The elasticity of the porcelain they use is perfect for their form manipulation and surface design. The viewer can readily observe the balance achieved between the sculptural and functional aspects of their work.
The Husby's work is in numerous private and public collections and they continue to exhibit in galleries and art shows nationally and internationally.
Robert graduated from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He received an MA from the University of Wisconsin, Superior. At the University of Southern Illinois, Edwardsville, he received an M.F.A. for his work in ceramics and glass. Cheryl began her studies at the University of Minnesota, received her B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Superior, and M.F.A. in ceramics and painting from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville.
Barb Omberg - Textile Artist
Barb's style is a mix of contemporary and country, inspired by nature and incorporating traditional materials, found objects, recycled materials, with text and surface design. Artful, without being imposing, Barb creates pieces that fit into a wide and welcoming variety of decor styles and sensibilities. Barb is clearly drawn to the tactile experience of working with fabric and mixing contrasting textures. These Natural Muslin and Tufted Wool creations use methods of fiber crafts that historically were considered “women’s work” in new and non-traditional ways, giving them the respect and reverence of artwork, while still bringing practical skills to the foreground as a means to artistic expression.
Dennis Aho – Calligrapher – Ink Artist
Captain Dennis Aho's nautically themed artwork, pen, pencil sketch or inked calligraphy is, quite literally, a lifetime occupation.
"My mother encouraged my childish drawings and bought me reams of newsprint," And in one way, it was his artistic endeavors that lead him to his life on the water. "I needed money for art school in Ohio," says Aho who was constantly jumping on a ship to earn tuition. He even turned down a position at a famous card company offered to him while he was still a student. "I was paged out of class and told that it was American Greeting on the line wanting to offer me a job," says Aho, "But it wasn't paying much and after I thought through all my expenses...well, I figured there wasn't going to be much left for Dennis." So he took to the lucrative lakes in an effort to keep himself in school. "I think I'm a junior now," he laughs. Although Dennis Aho occasionally may wonder a few "what ifs" about that un-taken the card illustration job, he's not sure he could have created art on demand. "I'm too independent," he says, preferring to take his own direction sketching what surrounds him -- primarily bridges and ships. Captain Aho is almost never without a ready supply of charcoal pencils, good paper and pens. "I was a sailor to earn art supply money," Sadly Aho lost much of his artistic record while when getting off a ship. "They dropped my suitcase into the drink and I lost three years of art and a brand new calligraphy set I hadn't even opened." Despite that setback (and what life doesn't have those?) In his work, you'll see a keen eye for the small details such as the rivets and reflected lines of solid shapes transformed through the mirrored surfaces of water.
Ken Olson - Woodcraft
Ken prefers the tactile experience of creation. This preference leads him through the wooded areas abundant here in the Northland looking for the phenomenon known as "burls". A Burl is a particular growth that appears as a rounded formation on a tree trunk commonly, or branch. From these anomalies, he fashions wooden bowls of unbelievable beauty.
One of a kind by nature, no two are exactly alike. Each wooden bowl is carefully shaped to smooth perfection while still revealing the beauty of these natural delights. Artistically lathing a quality burl can produce stunning examples of an art found at the exact intersection of form and function. Polished to a luster and sealed with lacquer for protection, the finished wood burl creation is a one-of-a-kind post-modern primitive art piece, both precious and profound.
Rebecca Olson - Oil Pastel
Rebecca works for a local school district with elementary-aged students. She taught kindergarten before realizing her passion to work with special education students. While accompanying students to their art classes, she realized she could support her students best by working along side them. Through modeling desired classroom behavior and the encouragement of the school's art teacher, she discovered she loved working with oil pastels. Rebecca lives locally with her husband and four children, two dogs, and a rescue bunny named Penny.
Similar Dogs - Musicians
The unique duo of Joe Lindzius & Sarah Jane Hale. Similar in their desire to play music that they dig. A diverse repertoire grounded by acoustic guitar.
Esther Piszczek Zentangle
Patterns have fascinated me since childhood. Doodled designs filled the margins of notebooks from grade school through law school and followed me right into the courtroom. Inwardly, I yearned to be an artist; outwardly, the world seemed to say: “What you draw is not art.” I believed that voice for a long time. And then, in November 2011, three years after I left the practice of law to live more creatively, an acquaintance introduced me to z e n t a n g l e ®. Zentangle gave me a method by which I was able to take my love of pattern and express it in an organized way. Simply put, it gave me permission to say: I AM an Artist. I became a certified Zentangle teacher in August 2012.
What I love about the z e n t a n g l e method is its inherent freedom. z e n t a n g l e has shown me how to look at a seemingly complex pattern, deconstruct it into its essential components and recreate it―freehand, using pen and paper. In z e n t a n g l e there is no erasing―there are no mistakes. This non-critical, let’s-see-what-happens-next way of drawing allows me to practice sidelining the analytical, judgmental attorney side of me and gives my artist permission to explore and discover new ways of doing things in the world. It is a mind-set I seek to create in every moment, not just when I put pen to paper.
Denise Denu - Masks
Denise began making masks as an outgrowth of her fascination with native cultural masks combined with a general love of costuming, Halloween, and Mardi Gras. She finds the process of creating each of these airbrushed artworks magical. Even though she begins with a concept, as she shapes and colors each mask, she has found that each evolves into it's own character. The end result is an insight into the wonders of our real and imagined experience.
Marge Keho - Woodworker
Are you looking for a gift that is truly unique? Do you know someone that is a collector? All of Marge Keho's pen styles have been huge hits as customer and employee appreciation gifts.
Whatever the occasion - wedding, anniversary, birthday, graduation - a custom, handmade pen is a beautiful gift to give and receive. Not only is the recipient overwhelmed by the beauty of the pen but they know that you didn't run to a store to buy a random gift. They feel appreciated... valued!
If a pen feels too executive, then you will want to turn to one of her artisanal wine-stoppers. These beautiful wine bottle stoppers are functional, decorative accessories and collectables. They make excellent gifts when given along with your love one's favorite bottle of wine.
Glassjillery - Fused Glass
Jill Anderson started exploring stained glass in 1995 . Before long she discovered her true passion was creation with fused glass. Jill's work includes pendants, earrings, bracelets, rings, and decorative plates and bowls. Each of her pieces feature a unique hand-cut design that is fired with care to instill beauty and function. Jill's natural eye for color and geometric design allow her to combine line, shape, and color to create unique, one-of-a-kind art-glass treasures.
James Chinn - Photography
James Chinn's photographic art visually captures the essence of the natural environment of the Northland and communicates his vision of the natural world by presenting images evoking a powerful sense of place and transporting the viewer into the environment. His photography explores both intimate and grand scales, “speaking” to the viewer through his images to communicate the visual beauty of the natural world.
Using his ability to convert camera lense images into works of art that have the emotional impact of a painting, Mr. Chinn preserves the detail, authenticity, and direct connection to nature that comes with photography. His creative process occurs within the heart and eye first, and then within the camera itself, not within the confines of the darkroom or computer. His images are photographs, and not paintings. They are in fact real events experienced in real places. You could go out and see these places for yourself, in fact, we hope his images inspire you to do just that.
Rick and Mary Russom - Birdhouses
The combination of woodworking craft and design flair results in these quaintly capricious creations equally suited to interior décor or exterior utility. The Stately Victorian beauty of these handcrafted birdhouses is augmented with vintage fastenings, hardware, and finial finishes. The three step process that goes into the creation of these elegantly rustic avian abodes reflects the woodworking skill and craftmanship of the life-long professional construction experience of Rick Russom in combination with the artist's eye for color and contrast provided by watercolorist, Mary Russom. Together this team gives vibrant new life to a medium both practical and wonderfully, unpredictably, ornamental.
Unique Belongings - Noreen Peterson
Every piece of furniture has a story....
This is the philosophy that guides the work of Noreen Peterson of Unique Belongings. Noreen recreates old furniture by gently redoing with the intention to not re-finish but in some aspect to re-discover the original intent of simple joy of ownership and to create affordable home décor of memories from the past. Noreen's work repurposes old furniture by giving it a new look and using it in new ways and this has led her directly into creating and marketing her own line of chalk paints formulated for the express purpose of upcycling the fine craftmanship of the past through an emphasis on the "chic" part of the Shabby Chic style.
Jessica Krueger – Graphic Print Artist - Icarus Falls Design
Someone told me once that I was 'an old soul', and I suppose that it's true. Creating places and characters with a sense of history and life is very important to me. I strive for realism and authenticity, and look for ways to draw out the dynamic qualities of a moment and create tension and atmosphere.
I grew up on fantasy novels and computer games, immersed in books on mythology and literature. Those memories vastly influenced things that I create and the way that I create them. I want to evoke the same feeling of jumping into another world that I get from escaping into the pages of a book or levels of a video game.
For me, fundamentally, my work is a form of shared escapism. The worlds in my head are more interesting and more beautiful and more hopeful than anything in the world around me, and I want to depict those things because in some mirror-glass way that lets me be a part of them. I think illustration can offer a connection to places that don't exist, an opportunity to escape the impossible flaws of the world around us and enter a world with flaws that are fixable, where the actions of one individual can matter in monumental ways.
Paul Kending - Author
Paul Kending is a former television broadcaster who taught communications at the University of Wisconsin in Superior for 28 years. He served in the military during the Korean war and has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Southeast Asia. During his college years he worked in logging camps in Wisconsin and Montana.
His literary inspiration is informed by his vast experience traveling the world and exploring different cultures both in a professional capacity as a Mass Media and Broadcasting instructor through the University of Wisconsin - Superior, as well as personal travel for recreation and pleasure.
John Buczynski - Pyrogravure
Heat is his substance. Hot metal is his brush. Old wood relic slabs are his canvas. and Pyrogravure is the way he expresses his artistic vision.
Pyrography or pyrogravure is the art of decorating wood or other materials with burn marks resulting from the controlled application of a heated object such as a poker. It is also known as pokerwork or wood burning.
The term means "writing with fire", from the Greek pur (fire) and graphos (writing) and it can be practiced using specialized modern pyrography tools, or using a metal implement heated in a fire, or even sunlight concentrated with a magnifying lens. Pyrography dates from the 17th century and reached its highest standard in the 19th century.
A large range of tones and shades can be achieved. Varying the type of tip used, the temperature, or the way the iron is applied to the material all create different effects. After the design is burned in, wooden objects are often coloured.
Other than the region's popular semi-precious gemstones such as Agate, Thompsonite, and Amethyst, Shabbyslabs© might just be one of the most overlooked and unsung finds the Great Lakes has to offer.
Ed Newman - Mixed Media Paintings
Artists of every age work within a context. Our postmodern era is one that reflects rapid change, hopes, fears, idealism, disillusionment and a deeply human need for connection. My creative explorations reflect a variety of aspects of our times, as well as my inward vision, and to some extent the content of our mutual souls.
My motivation for drawing and painting is a mix of compulsive necessity and the therapeutic satisfaction of watching the creative process as it unfolds.
Kaylee Matuszak - Musician
Singer/songwriter straight outta Duluth, Minnesota! Matuszak's debut album "Stirring Skies" is a 10-song collection showcasing the sort of strong voice, folk-country sound that plays well in coffee shops and on outdoor festival stages.
Lynn Anderson - Photography
Lynn Anderson Fine Art
A crisp, clear photograph is often taken at face value--it is what it
is. Often there is little room for the viewer’s imagination to play with
possibilities or embark on a new way of seeing. Yet, the history of
photography is rich with image makers who experimented with the camera’s unique ability to portray the world in novel ways.
I seek to create visual poetry with my fine art digital photography, by
leaving a fleeting impression of a botanic form for viewers to
contemplate. Drawing from color and form in the natural world, I
experiment with uncertainty to spark creativity. I seek to evoke a
change in perception, a meditative awareness, a reconsideration of the
dream of ourselves, or that which appears to be. I want my viewer to
linger a bit and interpret my naturescapes in a deeper, more personal way. Thus, the clear focus of the camera lens is purposely abandoned to encourage a connection with the eternal and transcendent forces at work
in the world. My work may also be viewed at www.lynnandersonart.com
Kris Nelson - Chairs by Kris
I am the "Chair Lady". I paint where you sit. I need to create everyday. I have tried watercolor, stained glass, weaving, and quilting, but I found my true passion with chairs. I recycle used chairs and I try to match the style of the chair to my composition. Every chair tells a story and has it's own personality. The chair is my canvas. I hope my chairs make a difference by taking something ordinary and making it extraordinary. I want to excite the imagination and stimulate the emotions of my viewers. "Chairish" the memories - Kris
Lashana Koivisto - Wood Art
Lashana works with wood to create functional works of art that are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the rest of the senses. Creating fine crafts from found wood allows her to explore the way we interact with objects in our daily lives - how their shapes - and the orientation of those shapes - affect our perceptions of them. As a contemporary artistic medium, wood is often used in both traditional and modern styles, and is an excellent medium for new art. The artisan quality of her work with woodcraft serves to reconnect us to nature by exploring the interaction of curves with other curves and straight lines, and by orienting those lines in unexpected directions. In this way Lashana is able to create objects that both surprise and delight the senses.
Kenneth Swensen - Photography
Every picture has a story. Every photographer is a visual storyteller. It is through these stories that people are inspired. Inspiration sparks imagination. Imagination sparks creation. Because Kenneth Swenson's work takes him into the ordinary landscapes of the Northland from an extraordinary perspective, he is inspired to share fleeting glimpses of light, time, and place which allow viewers to see something new in a familiar context. His photographic eye is quick to capture some element ... a beam of light, a texture, a reflection ... that looks as powerful on film as it does in memory.
Laveé Lanae - Lanae Rhoads
Laveé Lanae is a small soaps and lotions company based in Superior, Wisconsin. I started making skin care nine years ago for friends and family with skin conditions (i.e. dry skin, eczema etc). I was approached by a handful of boutiques and spas about making products for them. Thus started the journey to create the best products possible through learning, reading, studying and test batches (some failures) and many successes. I am continually learning and growing my product line so it will be better all the time.
I am passionate about good skin care at a reasonable price.
All of my products are made with essential oils, floral waters and CO2 extracts which are all plant extracts. They impart fantastic scents and also a range of health benefits for your skin such as anti-aging, antioxidants and are emotionally uplifting. I also use vegetable oil bases that I have created for all my soaps and lotions. We believe everyone should know what is in their skincare, who made the product they use on their skin and why each ingredient matters. We believe that health and beauty products should be an enjoyable experience, while also trusting they are doing their part in leaving the planet a better place for their children and future generations.
Mora McCusker - Gel Pen
Vibrant in color, whimsical in style, and harmonious in technique, the gel pen prints of Mora McCusker present a collage of graphic imagery. Her intuitive pen-work is informed by life experiences and the intrigue of connections line to line, color to color, shape to shape, and shot through with the kind of personal perspective that translates into intimate works of art. The combination of delicate lines and simplified shapes with attention to detail and unified with strong design elements results in provocative artwork that encourages viewer interaction and invites the added dimension of speculation to complement her overall style.
Michelle Swanson – Mixed Media Ceramics
Combining her flair for vibrant coloration with a keen eye for organic elements, Michelle's work is inspired by a passion to explore, and a desire to blur boundaries between function and non-function. Her fascination with contrasting textures and patterns use of one object to create the illusion of others. Her unique vision allows the materials to cooperate in coming together and the various organic materials she incorporates into her work results in pieces which are both surprising in our day to day experiences, deeply rooted in our ancient memories, and oddly curious.
Joe Lindzius – Musician
Joe's music is rootsy, folksy, and flavorful. Working with a variety of musicians in a variety of styles, he has honed a unique sound reminiscent of a dustbowl troubadour. Whether performing as “Joe and Friends” or the unique duo of Joe Lindzius & Sarah Jane Hale known as “Similar Dogs” Joe brings A diverse repertoire grounded by acoustic guitar to the melodic table offering a sometimes howlin' coffehouse style that appeals to audiences of all ages.
Kevin Lammi - Hand Hammered Metal
Hand hammered, Hand Stamped and handcrafted metalwork is the heart of kevin's artistry. Each copper cuff or metal tray is the result of his unique touch requiring heating and hammering to give it the rustic look of a unique statement piece. Using traditional metalsmithing techniques, his unique works are constructed through the creative use of hammers and hand shaped stamps to create fluid forms in fine sheet metal. The sense of suspended motion he achieves in his metal designs reflect upon his ample reservoir of ideas for creative expression producing something unique which is both beautiful and functional.